Bil Browning

Roland Martin Apologizes

Filed By Bil Browning | February 08, 2012 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: anti-gay violence, GLAAD, hate crimes against LGBT people, Roland Martin, smack the ish, Super Bowl

"To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I'm truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant. I'm disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice. While public debate over social issues is healthy, no matter which side someone takes, there is no room for debate as to whether we need to be respectful of others. Violence against gay people or against any other minority isn't a political opinion"

-- CNN commentator Roland Martin after GLAAD started a campaign to get him fired from the news channel. Martin tweeted during the Super Bowl: "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!" Martin had claimed he was talking about soccer fans. GLAAD remains unimpressed.

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